Chase County Main Street

Chase County Main Street

Cottonwood Falls, KS

http://chasecountychamber.org

Located in Chase County, at the heart of the Kansas Flint Hills surrounded by the untouched beauty of the last stand of Tallgrass Prairie, the brick lined "Main Street" of historic Cottonwood Falls exemplifies the quintessential authenticity of a rural small town. As the heartbeat of the largest city, population 877 ... in a county of less than 3,000 residents (encompassing nearly 800 square miles of native grassland), the "Main Street" of Cottonwood Falls exudes a passion for historical preservation and a nod to the ranching heritage, while offering a host of nationally recognized restaurants, renowned art galleries, western apparel, tack and leather working, antique stores, the county historical museum and a locally owned full-service vintage corner gas station ... all under the watch of the Chase County Courthouse, the oldest consecutively utilized courthouse in Kansas. Built in 1873 the three-story French Renaissance inspired historic limestone treasure provides an awe-inspiring backdrop unlike any other main street. A waterfall and historic river bridge flank the opposite end of the Cottonwood Falls "Main Street" which annually hosts a wide variety of community events, festivals and concerts. As with any small rural community the reality of population decline looms in the shadows; however, with the continued support of local residents and tourists from around the world, the future looks bright in Cottonwood Falls. Our dedicated and creative residents are working to inspire an entrepreneurial spirit in the local youth and a provide a pathway for independently-owned businesses to "Chase their Dreams" along "Main Street." Additional funding resources would provide the Chase County Chamber of Commerce the opportunity to pursue additional beautification improvements along the two-block "Main Street" as well as encourage the ongoing cultivation of the small business 'garden' of our evolving downtown.